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article imageNFL: Colts start 0-2 after 27-19 loss to the Browns

By Austin Tyler     Sep 18, 2011 in Sports
Indianapolis - You usually think that a veteran can come in and help a team stay somewhat on pace, but in this case the Colts seem to be falling off. The Colts took a tough loss today behind another average day from quarterback Kerry Collins.
The Indianapolis Colts (0-2) welcomed the Cleveland Browns (1-1) to Lucus Oil Stadium for a Week 2 match-up. The Colts are looking to get on track with Peyton Manning still recovering from another surgery, and the Browns are looking to take steps in a new direction. The Browns have their young tea ready to go as they pulled off a 27-19 victory over a veteran led Colts team.
The Colts started with the ball and moved it 33-yards to set up Adam Vinatieri for a 39-yard field-goal. The Colts used no huddle to try and get Kerry Collins (19/38, 191 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) going with the offense. He made some nice passes, but the drive stalled and the field-goal gave them a 3-0 lead.
The Browns on the other hand came out running the ball or trying to as Peyton Hillis (27 carries, 94 yards, 2 TD’s) had minimal gains on the first two plays. The Browns punted the ball away after Colt McCoy (22/32, 211 yards, 1 TD) had an incomplete pass on third down and three. The Colts took over on the, but was forced to go three and out by the Browns’ defense.
Cleveland took over, but had trouble moving the ball as they could only go 31-yards on their next drive before being forced to punt. The Colts came out in no huddle again and got the ball moving as they got Vinatieri in position for another field-goal. Collins hit Reggie Wayne (4 receptions, 66 yards) with two big passes to set up the 27-yard field-goal to make it a 6-0, Colts lead.
McCoy and the Browns offense used a mix of run and pass to get the Browns offense moving. Hillis used his legs for the Browns and McCoy used his arm as they moved the ball 57-yards in 11 plays on the drive. McCoy finished the drive with a pass to tight end Evan Moore for his only catch and touchdown of the night. Moore caught a 16-yard pass that gave the Browns a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter.
The Colts had trouble moving the ball on this drive as they were only able to move it 34-yards in 10 plays. The Colts have yet to score a touchdown, but kept putting points on the board thanks to Vinatieri who made a 52-yard field-goal on this drive. Indy jumped back in front of the Browns with the field-goal to make it a 9-7 lead.
The Browns used what worked last time as they moved the ball with a good mixture of run and pass to score another touchdown. Hillis had run in for a touchdown on play, but it was reversed when the refs said that he did not cross the plane. Cleveland had moved the ball 81-yards on this drive and Hillis finally got in with a one-yard touchdown run that gave the Browns the lead back. Hillis gave the Browns a 14-9 lead going into halftime as the Colts just took a knee to end the half.
Cleveland opened the third quarter with the ball and moved it pretty well before Hillis fumbled. Hillis was hit and loss the ball while running off the left tackle, and Antonio Johnson knocked the ball loose. Antonio Bethea recovered the ball for the Colts and gave them decent field-position.
The Colts could not really capitalize as they moved the ball 42 yards. Indy was taking what the Browns defense gave them as they moved the ball 42-yards on this drive. Vinatieri then came in and kick another field-goal to make it a 14-12 game. Vinatieri came on to kick a 36-yard field-goal.
The Browns came on tried to get the ball moving, but could not accomplish much as they only moved it 29-yards. McCoy had some big incomplete passes that led to the drive stalling, and being forced to punt the ball away. Both teams struggled on their next drive as they both went three and out and was forced to punt the ball away.
Collins came in after the Browns punted them back the ball, but did not have it long as he threw an interception. Collins was trying to hit Wayne on a pass, but Usama Young picked it off and returned it 28-yards for the Browns. After the interception the Browns had decent field position but could not capitalize. The Browns settled for a 20-yard field-goal that was kicked in by Phil Dawson. The field-goal extended the Browns lead to 17-12 early in fourth quarter.
The Colts went three and out on their next drive as they punted the ball right back to the Browns. Cleveland took over and gave Hillis the ball as they tried to milk the clock and preserve the victory. They had some luck, but could not keep it going as they punted the ball away after six plays.
Indy then struggled on their next drive as they went three and out again before they were punted the ball back to the Browns. Cleveland took advantage of the good field-position behind a good return from Josh Cribbs. With the good field position the Browns ran the ball in with Hillis who broke for a 24-yard run to give the Browns a 24-12 lead.
The Colts had nothing to do but through the ball so they lined up in shotgun and gave Collins a chance for a comeback. Two plays in Collins was hit by Jabaal Sheard who forced it and recovered the ball for the Browns. The Browns ran the ball to run the clock out and Colts called their timeouts to save it. After four plays and 9-yards Dawson came on to kick a 23-yard field-goal that made it a 27-12 lead.
Indy did not stop trying as they put Collins back in the shotgun and ran no huddle to move the Colts down the field. Collins took them 84-yards and ended the game and the drive with a six-yard pass to Dallas Clark (4 receptions, 32 yards, 1 TD) for a touchdown. The score made it a 27-19 game, and the Browns took one knee while the clock ran out.
The Cleveland Browns will head to Miami to take on the Dolphins next week. The Indianapolis Colts will be back at home to welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers into town.
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